|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Madame Firmiani by Honore de Balzac:
be made to reappear unless by an equally delicate rendering of
thought; there are portraits which require the infusion of a soul, and
mean nothing unless the subtlest expression of the speaking
countenance is given; furthermore, there are things which we know not
how to say or do without the aid of secret harmonies which a day, an
hour, a fortunate conjunction of celestial signs, or an inward moral
tendency may produce.
Such mysterious revelations are imperatively needed in order to tell
this simple history, in which we seek to interest those souls that are
naturally grave and reflective and find their sustenance in tender
emotions. If the writer, like the surgeon beside his dying friend, is
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Koran:
in the belly thereof to the day when men shall be raised.
But we cast him on to the barren shore; and he was sick; and we made
to grow over him a gourd tree; and we sent him to a hundred thousand
or more, and they believed; and we gave them enjoyment for a season.
Ask them, 'Has thy Lord daughters while they have sons? or have we
created the angels females while they were witnesses?' is it not of
their lie that they say, 'God has begotten?' verily, they are liars.
Has he preferred daughters to sons? what ails you? how ye judge!
will ye not be mindful, or have ye obvious authority? then bring
your Book if ye do speak the truth.
And they made him to be related to the ginns, while the ginns know
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry:
and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they
are wisest. They are the magi.
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